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A Greek Type of Problem (2012)

Tu honoreras ta mère et ta mère (original title)
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The gods don't like humans forcing the hand of fate. When Jo turns up in Greece with her sons even though she knows that the festival she founded has been cancelled because of the recession... See full summary »

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Brigitte Roüan

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Garcia ... Jo
Éric Caravaca ... Pierre
Patrick Mille ... Lucas
Michaël Abiteboul Michaël Abiteboul ... Fabien
Gaspard Ulliel ... Balthazar
Elisa Tovati Elisa Tovati ... Rachel
Sandrine Dumas ... Lucille
Sarah Gabriel Sarah Gabriel ... Deirdra
Helene Ruys Helene Ruys ... Soizic
Emmanuelle Riva ... Granny
Lakis Lazopoulos Lakis Lazopoulos ... Le maire
Demis Roussos Demis Roussos ... Le pope
Zafiris Katramadas Zafiris Katramadas ... Le jardinier
Solal Forte Solal Forte ... Antoine
Victor Desrousseaux Victor Desrousseaux ... Matthias
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The gods don't like humans forcing the hand of fate. When Jo turns up in Greece with her sons even though she knows that the festival she founded has been cancelled because of the recession, when she squats a house because accommodation is no longer provided for her, when she forces the mayor to put on a "little" show all the same, the gods punish her: her sons sulk, the show degenerates and her grandson sleeps with a village girl. They are all hounded out and it's the end of a period in her life that she was clinging to. Written by AGAT Films & Cie

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France | Greece

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 February 2013 (France) See more »

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A Greek Type of Problem See more »

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Mamma mia
21 July 2018 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The title is one of the (slightly modified) commandments : "thou shalt honor thy mother and ....mother."From the start ,we know what we are going to deal with: the over possessive mom ,Oedipus complex, and ,a good way to combine pleasure with business, Greece,its blue sea,its blue sky ,and its wonderful landscapes .There is no doubt about it : the cast took advantage of it .

Lauded far beyond its station by the "feel good" critics, the movie is little more than a rehash of the former parts of Melina Mercouri : anyway ,the four boys dance the sirtaki and sing (in Greek,much to their credit) "Les Enfants Du Pirée " aka "children of Piraeus " aka "never on Sunday" by Manos Hadjidakis .Nicole Garcia is an excellent actress as well as a talented director and perhaps she should have directed the movie herself and rewritten the screenplay: for the younger actors and actresses (mainly the English daughter-in-law 's singing exercises get on your nerves the third time)are left to their own devices ;even the marvelous granny Emmanuelle Riva does not know what to do with herself .

At times,it looks as though all Brigitte Rouan's actors hog the stage ,and their lines are generally witless ;the funny moments are few and far between: the mayor has used the cultural funds to get a mains drainage ; the Virgin Mary procession ,led by a cross (orthodox) priest played by pop singer Demis Roussos , that meets the "Bacchanalia" and their giant phallus ;and finally the best moment : the spoof on Oedipus tragedy :but,it's too little too late ;and we are left dreaming of how great the movie could have been ,by focussing on this stage drama :rehearsals , performance , connection with real life ,Freud parody ,etc .It's not enough to include a surrealist Garcia on her flying chariot to suggest ,say, Medea.

Greece ,its mythology , the sons-mother relationship ,all is only skimmed over ;a nice vacation indeed!It's true that fried squids are a gourmet dish in Homer's land.


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